the tanglin times: september 2014
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The Tanglin TimesSEPTEMBER 2014WWW.TANGLINCLUB.ORG.SG
Opinions expressed in The Tanglin Times are solely those of the writers and do not necessarily represent those of The Tanglin Club. The Tanglin Times welcomes articles and other contributions from Members. However, the Members Communications Sub-Committee reserves the right to edit all materials, select photographs to be used, or decline publication. MICA (P) 160/04/2014. Published by The Tanglin Club. Printed by PhotoPlates Pte Ltd.
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GENERAL COMMITTEE 2014/2015
PRESIDENT Joseph ChewVICE-PRESIDENT Robert WienerHONORARY TREASURERDavid PalmerDEVELOPMENT & PROPERTY CONVENORHenry LingENTERTAINMENT CONVENORJudy Ip HarrisFOOD & BEVERAGE CONVENORHo Chee LinHUMAN RESOURCE CONVENORRoger HancockLIBRARY - BOOKS & DVDS CONVENORShirley LowMEMBERS COMMUNICATIONS CONVENORKelvin KawMEMBERSHIP & RULES CONVENOREugene LimPROCUREMENT CONVENORRobert WienerSPORTS & RECREATION CONVENORBrian Dickerson
GENERAL MANAGERJosie Tulipanojosie.firstname.lastname@example.org
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Clara Tan email@example.com
EXECUTIVE CHEF Louis Tay firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS MANAGER Tina Supri email@example.com
FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER Zaini Rahamat firstname.lastname@example.org
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGERCelestine Khocelestine.email@example.com
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER Laura Monteiro firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORTS & RECREATION MANAGER Dean Chee email@example.com
CHIEF EDITOR Kelvin Kaw
DESIGNER Aliff Ajis firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSISTANT DESIGNERHidayah Roslihidayah.email@example.com
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5 Stevens Road, Singapore 257814 Tel: 66220555 Fax: 67332391
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2015 is an auspicious year for The Tanglin Club as The Club will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Formed in October 1865 by 40 good men who were seeking a place for rest and recreation, The Tanglin Club was founded right where the present Club is located. Today, The Club boasts of some 7,400 Members comprising Ordinary, Associate, Life, Honorary and Term Members. The Clubs twin buildings (the main Clubhouse and the Sports and Recreation Complex) house a myriad of facilities ranging from food and beverage, to sports and recreation, library, reading room, and administration. Best of all, The Club has upheld many of the fine traditions which have made The Tanglin Club truly unique in more ways than one.
To help The Club celebrate its 150th birthday, a 150th Anniversary Committee, chaired by Past President Richard Eu, has been appointed to come up with a year-long programme for this important celebration. Members can look forward to a fun-filled year.
Going forward, The Club has to tackle some critical issues. Foremost on my mind is the membership issue. It is a difficult and complex issue but it is one we must address rather quickly, but with caution and sensitivity.
The Clubs current planned total membership (PTM) of 4,000 has almost reached its limit. In fact, the Singaporean category has already reached its limit of 2,040, or 51 percent of 4,000. The resolution to seek an increase in the PTM in an earlier Special General Meeting failed to receive Members approval. The Club continues to grapple with two concerns: Firstly, there is the long waiting list for Ordinary Membership, especially in the Singaporean category. Whilst some may deem this as a happy problem, I think it is an issue that we have to address, and the sooner we tackle it, the better for The Club. Secondly The Club is confronted with an ageing membership and the parallel problem of Members making minimal use of The Club or not at all.
Looking from another perspective, one could conclude that our Club is in need of rejuvenation. How do we do it? We need Members suggestions and inputs and a consensus-building approach such that whatever proposals are being put forward will receive unanimous support and result in a win-win situation all round. One probable proposal would be to make available for Singaporean Members, say in their seventies and older, to transfer their Membership to one Member of his or her household. This proposal, if adopted, would go a long way to solve the long membership waiting list issue and provide the start of the rejuvenation process. In a
similar vein, there could be other creative proposals or ideas, and this is where I welcome your suggestions. The other major issue confronting The Club is the utilisation of space at The Clubs premises. Is the current space at The Club being efficiently utilised? In my opinion several sections of the space of The Clubs premises are sub-optimally utilised. I shall briefly explain. For a start, there is a great imbalance between the usage of some of The Clubs outlets versus the other similar outlets. The space utilisation of the Tavern or the Wheelhouse
is significantly higher than that at Tangles, hence the approved resolution by the Membership to renovate Tangles for a Chinese restaurant. Another substantive area that is possibly not efficiently utilised is the entire second floor of the main Clubhouse, which currently houses the
administration office, the function rooms, the library and the reading room. These are some of the questions that I have asked our Development and Planning Sub-Committee, and Management to address.
Whilst there are no absolute solutions to any issues whether on membership or development and planning, let us be guided by the wonderful gift of wisdom in all our deliberations and decisions.
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To help The Club celebrate its 150th birthday, a 150th Anniversary Committee, chaired by Past President Richard Eu, has been appointed to come up with a year long program for this important celebration. Members can look forward to a fun-filled year.
On the cover of this months issue, we feature Oktoberfest promotions in The Club, in conjunction with the 16-day festival which starts late September in Munich, Germany. More detailsare in the F&B section of this issue. In the month of July, we had the World Cup quarter, semi and final matches screened live in The Clubs Wet Bar. In spite of the unfavorable early morning screening times of 3am, the atmosphere at the Wet Bar was loud and lively, as Members and guests fully packed out the place. Enthusiastic fans on both sides cheered on loudly for their teams, but alas, there could only be one winner in the end. Sorry Argentinian fans.
For the month of September, the event of the month would be the Singapore Grand Prix, where the Formula One establishment will bring the motor racing competition into Singapore over the weekend of 19th September. Dubbed the new jewel in the Formula One sports crown by Bernie Ecclestone, the President of the multi-billion dollar F1 motor race establishment, the weekend event promises a beautiful and glittering night spectacle of motor racing and vibrant entertainment performances right in the central business hub of the Little Red Dot. If youre not planning to view the F1 races live from the racetracks, you can join in the fun at The Clubs Wet Bar, which will be screening the event, and attended by F1 enthusiasts.
We did something interesting with our weekly electronic newsbites recently. Crazy 8s took place on 8 August, 8pm where we gave away 8 tickets to Cavalia worth over $2000 to the first 8 Members who spent at least $88 or $188 in our various F&B outlets on that day itself. Response was heartening with several Members already queuing up before 8pm. But alas, the rules were the rules. Eight lucky spenders walked away well fed and well satisfied. Similar giveaways may happen in the future, so if you havent subscribed to newsbites, dont wait any longer. Drop an email to Habib, our Senior Marketing & Communications Executive, via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the topic of e-news, we are currently looking
to revamp The Clubs website, and are looking for Members with professional creative backgrounds (media, arts, fashion, interior design, etc.) to participate in a design visioneering workshop to help guide and determine the look and feel, and content of The Clubs website. The workshop should just take one week night from your busy schedule to participate.
Please drop an email to Habib, our Senior Marketing & Communications Executive, via the following email address: email@example.com should you be interested to attend the
workshop or to register for the weekly newsbites.
In closing, I will leave you with the following quote:
Time is precious, but truth is more importan